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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Tween Girl Christmas Gift Ideas & Tutorials

Arm and Leg Warmers

I've been meaning to do this tutorial myself for some time now but I never seem to be able to get around to it.  Basically, you are cutting off the foot of a pair of socks.  You can then make arm or leg warmers.  This is a really easy and cheap no sew gift to give.  I would also recommend cutting a little slit for the thumb to go through.  She didn't do that here, but that is what the kids want.

This great tutorial is from Brassy Apple.

Easy Fringe Fleece Scarf - School Colors
This is a really cute project and so easy to make.  Lisa and I just made a dozen of these in about 1 hour the other night for our shows.  This fleece scarf tutorial is from Make and Takes.

Memo Board
I thought that this tutorial was just great for a teen or tween.  It combines so many things they love, photos, messages, etc.

Check out the full memo board tutorial at Sew Dang Cute.

Mini Photo Album

For a tween I would substitute cds rather the vinyl albums, but the idea is really cute.  Scrapbook Crazy is really one of my all time top 10 craft blogs.   Especially if you love mini albums.

I would love to see more ideas.  This is such a hard age to make for.  Thus the name tween.  But there are a few great ideas here to get you started.

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Christmas Gift Tutorial Roundup - Elementary Aged Children

Nintendo DS Cases

There probably isn't a hotter gift item for kids in this age group than the DS.  It is a must have.  So, whether you are crafting for a boy or a girl, a DS case would make a great gift. 

This drawstring case from Mariska is one of the simplest ideas for a case I have seen.  It makes me want to make a few for my upcoming craft shows.

Notice the little pocket in back for the games.  Check out the DS case tutorial here.

This is another great Nintendo DS case tutorial from Kender Crafts.  Plus, her blog is awesome.  I didn't see an idea on there I didn't like. 

I Spy Bags
This is also from Kender Crafts, but you can find the tutorials everywhere.

I Spy stuff is huge with this age group as well.  One word to the wise, Lisa & I tried these and I just could not a get a product that I wanted to sell, but for gift giving, they were fine.  The plastic pellets can be pricey, so bring a coupon.  Kamille plays with her monster I Spy bag every time she comes across it in her toys.  Find the I Spy Bag Tutorial here.

Tool Belt
This is a great tutorial because you could make it into so many things, a garden apron, art smock, etc.

Check it out over at Seven Little Monkeys.

Fabric House Tutorial
The reason I didn't call this a doll house is that with some fabric selection it can go boy or girl.  Try a safari/jungle look for zhu zhu pets or to keep all of those annoying little pop up pets in.

Lunch Bags
This is a cute pattern for a fun and fast lunch sack.  You can also check out my tutorial on the Busy Beaver Lunch Sack.

Tissue Holder

This is another cute little idea.  I doubt you need a tutorial to make it.  Add a loop to hand from the backpack. 

Back Pack Doo Dads
Now the Sesame Street kind might be too babyish for elementary, but this tutorial was TOO cute to pass by without sharing.

Check out the tutorial over at Craft Passion.
Headband Tutorial

This ribbon headband tutorial seems too simple, but there is a great hint involved that is worth checking out. 

Tutorial from Chocolate on my Cranium.

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Featured on Very Berry Handmade

This morning a very special thanks goes out to Very Berry Handmade for featuring our Doctor Kit Pattern in her spotlight on Folksy Patterns.  If you don't know already, Folksy is our newest venue for selling our patterns.  It's pretty much a UK version of Etsy.

If you haven't seen this pattern before, I would like to tell you a couple of things about it.  First it is so easy to sew.  There are lots of pieces, which gives a big impact when you look at it, but it is truly a beginner pattern.  Each piece is incredibly easy to put together.  Secondly, this pattern really is a must have if you have toddlers/preschoolers to gift to.  They LOVE this pattern.  Belle, Maggie, and Kamille will actually spend hours playing with this Doctor Kit. I added some great elements you don't get in the cheap plastic kits, like bandages, splints for broken arms, a face mask, nurse's hat, and blood pressure cuff. 


On Amazon, the plastic kits range from $14.95 to $39.99 (For Melissa and Doug).  They are full of small pieces that really aren't for toddlers (plus they get lost).   I bought a plastic kit for Kamille last Christmas and the stethoscope was broken by the end of the day.  Most of the pieces a lost or thrown away.  For the same $15.00 you could as the plastic and cardboard kit, you could make the pattern kit with LOADS of extra pieces.  You could probably make 2 kits for the same price.  (And I only say that b/c the pattern is $6.00). 

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Monkey Business - Featured in Another Great Treasury

'Monkey business' by angelariddellstamps

Slip-not headband, ...

Fondant Cupcake or ...

Sock Monkey Hat

Glass Tile Pendant ...

Silly Monkey Boy an...

Funky Munky Minky R...

Easiest Baby Bootie...

Sock Monkey Paintin...

Girlie Monkey Cooki...

My First Monkey Dia...

Set of 3 Cute Littl...

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Funky Magnets - Cra...

Custom Clothing Div...

Little Monkey Baby ...

Hand Painted Monkey...


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Monday, November 1, 2010

Some Handmade Halloween Costumes

Handmade Halloween Costumes are my favorite.  It's really too bad that somany mom's just cannot sew anymore.  I remember in school that almost everyone hada handmade costume.  If your mom couldn't sew, you wore a box and were a robot or you taped socks onto your outfit and you were static cling.  Nowadays, Halloween has been hijacked by the huge corporations to be just another way of selling the brands.  Plus, the imported costumes are so cheaply made.  They are like wearing a dryer sheet, which is crazy for the $20 a cheap costume costs. 

Belle is a witch and her costume is a t-shirt dress.  Her whole costume with hat and tights cost under $10.00.  Kamille is Little Bo Peep.  It was probably about $15.00 to make just because there was so much fabric.  Plus, instead of the solid pink costume they sell, I got to make a vintage inspired costume patterned from classic nursery rhyme illustrations.  Maggie was a purple hippo with her snowsuit underneath - $3.00.   


Sunday, October 31, 2010

S'mores on a Stick

Our Girl Scout troop recently hosted on a night hayride and bonfire for about 50 people. Which by the way was a super duper fun time! Naturally we wanted to roast s'mores at the bonfire but the idea of organizing 50 people with sticks and hot sugar was not exactly all that appealing. So I came with the idea of a s'more on a stick. They were simple to put together and I only needed 4 ingredients! Bonus:) What's that you say? "Show me how!!" Oh alright!

First you'll need to gather your supplies:
One sleeve of graham crackers, a bag of marshmallows, 12oz. bag of milk chocolate chips,
1 tablespoon vegetable oil. a waxed paper covered cookie sheet or tray,
and a microwave safe bowl, and some lollipop sticks or toothpicks.
Actually, little twigs would be super cute to use... darn thought of that one too late!

Now you are ready to begin!

Cover the tray that you are going to serve them on with wax paper and then line up all of your mallows like so.

Then, insert put a lollipop stick in each mallow. I made 50.
Next, take your chocolate chips and pour about 3/4 of the bag into a microwave safe bowl with
1 tablespoon vegetable/canola oil. Microwave the chips and oil in 30 seconds increments until melted.

Place 1/2 a sleeve of graham crackers into a zip lock bag and smash with a rolling pin until you like the size of your graham cracker pieces. I left quite a few small chunks.

Now you should be all set up to do these babies assembly line style like below.

Now it's just a dip in the chocolate...

Followed by a dip in the crushed graham crackers....

And you're done!!! These little yummies got a ton of compliments at the bonfire and were pretty tasty!

If you have a kitchen torch... which I desperately desire, *wink* *wink* if your reading mom;), you could brown the tops of the mallows for a toasted effect!

I served mine right off of the same tray that they were made on so I only had to clean up once. Just throw out the wax paper and voila your done!

With all of the holiday vacations coming up for those of us with little ones. This would make a great project to do with your kiddos during a family camp-in. Just set up a tent in your living/family room. Turn off the TV. Get out the flashlights. Tell some ghost stories. Make a pretend fire. And roast your s'mores on a stick!

Sew up a camp out set for your little one with our easy S'more Fun Campout pattern.

Happy Crafting!!!

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